WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Online
The course is based around a 5-week structured online programme with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.
The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.
The course prepares the student for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits examination and is guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognise the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.
Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the course specifications. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator.
Wines are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly enhance your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any wine.
Lessons are online but students are required to sit their examination with us in person.
The online classes and the study material are standard in English. However, students can order an extra study material in German for an additional fee.
This course is designed for those who wish to develop their professional skills and competencies in the wine business or the wine enthusiasts who wish to deepen their knowledge of wine.
What you will learn
Wine production and factors influencing wine style
The key white and black varieties and their characteristics
The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines
Basic principles of food and wine pairing
Basic overview of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made
How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
What you need
Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:
Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible
Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
Internet access (broadband recommended)
Minimum age 18 required at time of booking.
No formal qualifications are required. Though, candidates without previous knowledge in the wine & spirits sector might prefer to complete the Level 1 course first.
It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English.
Examination dates are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.
The 1-hour exam at the end of the course consists of 50 multiple choice questions. A mark of 55% is required to pass.
445,00 € - The course fee includes the WSET Level 2 study pack, online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin.
Next Online Course dates
Online Tuition: 27.01.2020 - 01.03.2020 / Exam: 08.03.2020 at 10:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 22.01.2020
Online Tuition: 13.04.2020 - 17.05.2020 / Exam: 07.06.2020 at 10:00 in Heidelberg / Registration Deadline: 08.04.2020
Frequently asked questions
How does the Online Classroom work?
After registration, you will receive an email from WSET® with instructions for signing into the Online Classroom.
Once signed in, you will receive a course calendar with the weekly subjects, background information to read, activities relevant for each subject, tasting assignments (students have to supply their own samples) and quizzes. The results of your activities and tasting assignments need to be posted online. You can exchange reactions with the instructor and fellow students online. This interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study.
Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?
Yes. You need to book at least 5 working days before the start of the course.
How will I know what wines to taste?
Suggested and recommended wines are detailed in the Specification .
What if I’m uncertain about any of the content of the course programme?
A. No problem. Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course-related query.
What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?
For a successful outcome, we recommend at least 10 hours of study per week to cover the online course activities and read the relevant chapters in the book.
How long can I take to complete my studies?
From enrolment, you have a full 12 months to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. However, after the course end date, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and will no longer have the online educator support facility.
Can I change my exam date?
If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date. Please note that we require a minimum of 15 working days’ notice prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.
Can I sit the examination online?
Yes!! Students can decide to sit their exam at our premises or online through remote invigilation. For the remote invigilation, students will need a reliable internet connection and both a computer and a smartphone.